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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: A Rare Chance to See One of the First Immersive Works of Theatre

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online María Irene Fornés’ Fefu and Her Friends is finally being revived after four-plus decades — Like many admirers of María Irene Fornés’ rarely performed masterpiece, director Lileana Blain-Cruz discovered Fefu and Her Friends in school. However, unlike many … Continue reading


Published: Why Bedlam’s The Crucible Will Surprise You

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  The lauded theatre company puts its singular stamp on the Arthur Miller classic — Even before it begins, Bedlam’s take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is meant to jar. The sparse Connelly Theater … Continue reading


Interview: Sylvia Khoury and Tyne Rafaeli Make Global Trauma Personal in Power Strip

Originally published on Theatermania View this story online  Calling Sylvia Khoury busy is an understatement. The fourth-year medical student is also a playwright with two productions opening during the 2019-20 season. Both works tackle hard-hitting political topics, exploring them through … Continue reading


Review: (A)loft Modulation

Jazz is a famously unstructured form of music. Often improvised, and unpredictable, it doesn’t matter if there is no clear ending to the song: the mere experience of listening is thrilling enough. (A)loft Modulation, the new play by Jaymes Jorsling … Continue reading


Published: Owning Her Power: Reneé Rapp, Regina George, and Compassionate Strength

Originally published on Dramatics.org View this story online No one can accuse Reneé Rapp of method acting. The emerging star of Broadway’s Mean Girls, who brings the scheming Queen Bee Regina George to life onstage, wore a huge smile when she … Continue reading


Published: I Lived Through the End of the World in a New York Basement

Originally published on Electric Literature View this story online One evening in late July, I huddled in a Manhattan basement, battling radioactive creatures and trying to stay alive in a post-apocalyptic world. Afterward, my fellow survivors and I recapped the … Continue reading


Published: How Grief Helped Bring the Daughters of Two Theatre Luminaries Together

Originally published on TDF Stages View this story online  Playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown discuss their world-premiere collaboration — Artists often channel their grief into their work, and that’s just what playwright Lily Houghton and director Kylie M. Brown have done … Continue reading


Review: Wives

“A wives’ world,” the women sing as they triumphantly dance across the stage. “. . . and the male gaze will be cast away somewhere up among the stars . . .” With its empowered declarations and jubilant choreography, this … Continue reading